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The Samsung Gear Live launched with a built-in heart rate monitor, but unfortunately, it could only take measurements one at a time. There was no way to monitor a wearer's heart rate continuously, such as during a workout. Now developer Portable Pixels has hit Google Play with an Android app that makes this functionality possible, one that goes by the rather straightforward name of "Heart Rate Training."

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The developer's previous creations skew more towards the amusing side, but that doesn't limit the capability of this app. We've tested it, and it works.

Users don't set things up from their watches. Instead, everything must be preset on a smartphone beforehand, but then owners are free to pocket their phone and start monitoring from their Android Wear device. The app will provide a continuous measurement, as promised.

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Heart Rate Training is a pioneer in this area, taking advantage of hardware that the Gear Live already has and that future devices, such as the Moto 360, will contain as well. We look forward to other offerings following suit, as activity tracking is one area where Wear can deliver a better experience than relying on a traditional Android device alone.

The app is available in the Play Store for $1.49.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Justin Fabian

    What is the impact to the watch's battery life? I imagine using that little LED constantly for those measurements takes quite the toll.

    • Shane Redman

      The question is: Does the screen have to be on for the app to be running.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        It's not an App. It's just a notification card. However it doesn't stay on the screen when you put your hand over it. (It goes back to my clock.) It does continue to work in the background and it does look like it will keep your screen awake for you.

  • Nick Cannon

    Can I use this app with a smartwatch to
    show continuous heart rate on my phone/tablet? That's what I've been waiting
    for.

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Nope it only shows your heart rate on your wrist. Not on your phone.

      • Nick Cannon

        Thanks. Are there any apps that will show heart rate on my phone? Kinda hard to see my watch while running lol.

  • Matt

    Does the device actually take anything close to consistently accurate readings during something as simple as a jog? I don't doubt the app tells the watch to continuously take a reading, but if the watch isn't any good at doing that, it's not really useful.

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